12/01/2011 1:33PM

Aqueduct: Intangibles favor Ms Vanenzza in Garland of Roses

Barbara D. Livingston
Ms Vanenzza will make her first start since winning an allowance at Belmont Park in September in Saturday's six-furlong Garland of Roses.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The connections of only two of the five horses entered in Saturday’s $65,000 Garland of Roses were ever intent on running in the six-furlong race for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.

So while on paper C.C.’s Pal looks like the class of the field, it might be wise to boil this race down to Ms Vanenzza and Cinco de Mayo Mio. The Delaware shipper Ms Vanenzza looks the stronger of the two, considering the competition she was facing earlier in the year.

Based at Gulfstream Park last winter, Ms Vanenzza finished third to Tar Heel Mom and second to Hilda’s Passion in graded sprint stakes. Either one of those two would be odds-on in this spot.

[MORE: Full coverage of the Saturday card from Aqueudct]

Ms Vanenzza got most of the spring and summer off before returning to finish third in the Grade 3 Endine Stakes at Delaware Park on Aug. 20. She came out of that race to win a second-level allowance on Sept. 23 at Belmont Park, defeating Isn’t She Grand, another afterthought entry in the Garland of Roses.

Though Ms Vanenzza has not run since then that’s only because her trainer, Juan Vazquez, could not find a third-level allowance race to fill in Delaware, Maryland, or New York.

Vazquez likes the versatility his filly has shown, though her best races have come from off the pace. It appears there will be a solid pace with Cinco de Mayo Mio and Isn’t She Grand likely to duke it out on the front end.

“The jock can ride her from in front or can come from behind,’’

Vazquez said. “She’s in good condition, she’ll be good for this race.’’

Javier Santiago rides from post 4.

Cinco de Mayo Mio was beaten 16 1/4 lengths by Ms Vanenzza in the Sept. 23 allowance run over a sloppy track. Tom Albertrani, the trainer of Cinco de Mayo Mio, didn’t think his filly handled the slop that day though she did come back to win an allowance race in the mud three weeks later. Albertrani said he thought that track was more of a drying out surface that day.

Cornelio Velasquez rides Cinco do Mayo Mio from post 2.

Trainer Rudy Rodriguez said he was pointing Isn’t She Grand to a starter handicap here on Sunday rather than the Garland of Roses, but said he likes the outside post for his filly, the short field, and her affinity for the inner track. David Cohen rides.

C.C’s Pal was beaten two lengths in the Grade 2 Go for Wand last Friday and appears to want longer than six furlongs. Afaaf, a half-sister to Rule, is coming off a last-place finish in a turf allowance two weeks ago.

Garland of Roses Stakes, Post Time: 1:17 ET Saturday

Purse: $65,000; 6 furlongs





ML Odds


C C's Pal

R. Dutrow

J. Alvarado



Cinco de Mayo Mio

T. Albertrani

C. Velasquez




K. McLaughlin

C. Hill



Ms. Vanenzza

J. Vazquez

J. Santiago



Isn't She Grand

R. Rodriguez

D. Cohen